Data storage on an atomic scale

Someday we may not need to worry about the amount of data storage we have. Dutch scientists, at the technical university of Delft, have come up with a means of storing data on an atomic scale. With this new innovation, each atom represents a bit. The Dutch scientists have made 1 kilobyte of data storage in a space smaller than 100 nanometers across.  This atomic data storage is 500-times denser than current storage technology.

This memory storage system works by placing a chlorine atom on a copper surface. When chlorine atoms are on top of copper they form a square grid. The storage system works by having a hole in the grid. This hole can be moved to form different binary numbers.

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